The Informal Sector in Mamelodi and Kwazakhele

In October 1991 the Employment Research Unit of Vista University conducted a survey to determine the extent of the involvement of households in the informal sectors of Mamelodi (Pretoria) and Kwazakhele (Ibhayi – Port Elizabeth) and also to make a comparison between the two. This article outlines the major findings of the survey: the general characteristics of informal sector entrepreneurs; the expenditure of monthly income on food, clothing, energy and transport; informal sector activities practised by informal entrepreneurs (building and construction, manufacture, trade and services); reasons for starting an informal sector business; problems experienced by entrepreneurs; and sources of financial assistance on which informal entrepreneurs depend for operating their businesses. The conclusion is that the most important factor inhibiting the functioning of the informal sector is a lack of proper accommodation, followed by a lack of and inaccessibility to financial resources. Ref.

Title: The Informal Sector in Mamelodi and Kwazakhele
Authors: Horn, G.S.
Levin, Michiel
Sofisa, T.N.
Year: 1993
Periodical: Africa Insight
Volume: 23
Issue: 3
Pages: 168-175
Language: English
Geographic term: South Africa
Abstract: In October 1991 the Employment Research Unit of Vista University conducted a survey to determine the extent of the involvement of households in the informal sectors of Mamelodi (Pretoria) and Kwazakhele (Ibhayi – Port Elizabeth) and also to make a comparison between the two. This article outlines the major findings of the survey: the general characteristics of informal sector entrepreneurs; the expenditure of monthly income on food, clothing, energy and transport; informal sector activities practised by informal entrepreneurs (building and construction, manufacture, trade and services); reasons for starting an informal sector business; problems experienced by entrepreneurs; and sources of financial assistance on which informal entrepreneurs depend for operating their businesses. The conclusion is that the most important factor inhibiting the functioning of the informal sector is a lack of proper accommodation, followed by a lack of and inaccessibility to financial resources. Ref.

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